1982-1983  Camberwell College of Art, London: Foundation Course

1983-1986  Corpus Christi College, Oxford: BA(Hons) English Lit & Language

1986-1988  University of Newcastle upon Tyne: Master of Fine Art (Painting)

1991     Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine, USA: Fellowship

2018     Kingston University, London, PhD


1987   The Nuffield Foundation

1988   Northern Arts Travel Award to the USA

1989   Visiting Fellowship in Painting, Plymouth University, (Exeter)

1991   Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA

1991   Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA

1992   Visiting Fellowship in Painting, Southampton University (Winchester)

1993   British Council Travel Award, Botswana

1995   Triangle International Artists Workshop Marseilles, France

1997   Abbey Award in Painting, British School in Rome

2003   Research Grant, Wimbledon School of Art

2004   AHRB Small Grant & Arts Council of England Individual Award
2005.  AHRC Small Grant & Oppenheim-John Downes Award

2006   Research grant, Lancaster University & University of the Arts London

2007   Small research grant, Lancaster University Space for 10, mid-career residency award, 

     London Print Studio.  Lead International Artist (other lead artist: Alfredo Jaar), TRADE, Ireland

2008   Faculty of Arts & Social Science Research Prize, Lancaster University

2009   METHOD, Cultural Leadership Programme

UAL   Teaching Fellowship (Pedagogic Research project)

2010   OPAK Research Award, KU Leuven, association of Flemish Universities

2011   TAP award from TRAIN research centre, UAL

2011   R-A-S Pedagogic Research Award, University of the Arts London

2012   Arts Council individual award

2012      White Square Teaching Award for Camberwell College of Art, UAL

2013   Finalist, Prospects Postgraduate Teaching Team


February 2014   Separations III, Semmer Berlin (two person)

March 2013     Self Contained, Freud Museum London

April 2011      Absurd Impositions, V & A’s Museum of Childhood, London

Feb 2007      Contemporary British Women Artists, Art Space, CCA, UAL

May 2006      False Sentiment, Gallery 33, Berlin (two person)

October 2005    Fitzpatrick Gallery, Maine, USA (two person)

January 2005    Rebecca Fortnum, The Drawing Gallery, London

September 2000  Solipsist, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

July 1996      Third Person, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London

July 1996      Certain Events, Gasworks gallery, London (two person)

June 1994     Rebecca Fortnum: Recent Painting, Smith-Jariwala, London

November 1993  Contra Diction, Winchester Gallery, Hampshire

September 1990  Wounds of Difference, Spacex Gallery, Exeter

August 1989    Positions of Silence, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


May 2018    Dreaming Awake, Safehouse1, London

July 2017    Phantom Limn, Dovecot Studios Gallery, Edinburgh

June 2017    Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

July 2016    Real Lives, Painted Pictures, six women painters,

Jan 2017     St Marylebone Church Crypt, London & the Cut, Halesworth

January 2015   The Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London

Nov 2014    The Opinion Makers 2, London Newcastle

Nov 2013   The World in a Box, Margate

Oct 2013    The Perfect Death - Horizon, Lion and Lamb, London

Jan 2013    Behind the Eyes; making pictures, Gallery North, Newcastle

April 2012   Dead Original, Five Years, London

Nov 2011   Interpretation/Translation, Wimbledon Space, UAL, London

Oct 2011    The Imagination of Children (with Boyce, Nys, Voorsanger etc)    

       V & A’s Museum of Childhood, London

Sept 2011   40 artists – 80 drawings, Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Devon

May 2011    Drawing in and out of writing, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium

April 2011    Fraternise, Beaconsfield, London

Feb 2011    Interpretation/Translation, Chinese University Hong Kong,

       & The Drawing Gallery, Shropshire

June 2010    bedizzened, APT Gallery, London

Feb2010     25 artists – 25 drawings, Victorian and Albert Museum, London

Feb 2009    40 artists – 80 drawings, The Drawing Gallery, Shropshire, UK

Dec 2008    Top 100, MCPS/PRS Alliance, London

Oct 2008    The Notebook Project, Festival of Ideas, Cambridge University

April 2008    The walls in three places, White Nave, Dover, UK

March 2008    Life’s a gas, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London

Dec 2006     Salon Connexions, Contemporary Art Projects, London

Oct- Dec 2006/ 7  Inspiration to Order, California State University Stanislaus Gallery, USA & The Winchester          Gallery, Southampton University & Wimbledon Space, UAL

June 2006     Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York

March 2006    Generations 5, A.I.R. Gallery, New York

December 2005   40 artists –   40 drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London

June 2005     Les Merveilles du Monde, Musee des Beaux Arts, Dunkerque

Dec 2004     25 artists –   25 drawings, Drawing Gallery, London

April 2004     Unframed, Standpoint Gallery, London

June 2003     Works on paper, 3 person show, ilevel, London

Dec 2002     Lonely this Christmas, James Windsor Art, ilevel, London

Sept 2002    Fluent; painting & words, Centenary Gallery, UAL

April 1999     Reading Matter, Standpoint Gallery, London

March 1999    Rhizome, Galerie Kolo, Gdansk, Poland

Jan 1999     Reading Matter, Norwich Gallery

Dec 1998     Home 1, Home, London

Nov 1998    Close to Home, UFF gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Nov 1998    Inter Views, Studio gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Oct 1998     Vauxhall gardens, Norwich gallery

Oct 1998     Ladies Smoking Room, St Pancras Hotel, London

Sept 1998    Skowhegan; A decade, David Beitzel gallery, New York USA

July 1997     Mostra, British School in Rome, Italy

June 1997     Home Ideals, project with F.A.T., Islington, London

Dec 1996     SAD, gasworks, London

Dec 1996     Ten years after, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London

July 1996     Certain Events (with Beth Harland), gasworks, London

March 1996    Join the dots, 50/20 Gallery Salzburg, Austria

Feb 1996     Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, Netherlands

Dec 1995     Galerie Porte Avion, Marseilles, France

July 1995     Triangle Artists, L’Ecole D’Art de Marseille-Luminy, France

Jan 1995/6   The Question of Scale, The Winchester Gallery & tour

        including Arnolfini, Bristol

Nov 1994     DAD, gasworks, London

Nov 1994     Contemporary Art Society Fair, Royal Festival Hall, London

July 1994      Summer show, Smith-Jariwala Gallery, London

March 1994 -95  Lead and Follow; the continuity of abstraction, Bede Gallery,

         Jarrow, Atlantis Gallery, London and Poole Arts Centre, Dorset

December 1994   Thapong International Artists Show, National Gallery,Botswana

December 1994   Young Artists, Salama-Caro Gallery, London


CURRENT POSITION  Professor of Fine Art and Senior Tutor Research, School of Arts and Humanities,            Royal College of Art.

           External Examiner: Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh University (MAFA)

2013 - 2016      Professor of Fine Art, Director of Graduate Studies (Fine Art), School of Art & Design,            Middlesex University

2008 - 2013      Reader in Fine Art, University of the Arts London (0.8)

2009 - 2011      Course Leader, MA Fine Art, CCW, UAL

2004 - 2009      Research Fellow, LICA, Lancaster University

2000 - 2007      Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of the Arts London (CCW) BA Painting, BA            Drawing, PPD (0.5)

1999 - 2004      Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Wimbledon School of Art, London Course Leader, BA            (part-time) Art and Design (0.5)

1993 - 1999      Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Norwich School of Art

1992 - 1993      Visiting Fellow in Painting, Southampton University (Winchester),

1989 - 1990      Visiting Fellow in Painting, Plymouth University (Exeter)


Graham Music, essay in Self Contained, pub RGAP, 2013

Maria Walsh, essay in Self Contained, pub RGAP, 2013

Louisa Minkin, essay in Self Contained, pub RGAP, 2013

Paul Coldwell, Interpretation/Translation catalogue pub Sotheby’s Institute, 2011

Cliodhna Shaffrey, Resistance and Inquiry, The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Ireland April 2008

Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Feminism’s Long March, Art in America June/July 2007

Ian Hunt, Summer Reading, Art Monthly June/July 2007

Catherine Elwes, Contemporary British Women Artists, Contemporary Magazine, Summer 2007

Contemporary British Women Artists I-D Magazine March 2007

Rachel Campbell-Johnson, Now we’re free to do what we want, The Times 20/12/07

Nigel Whiteley, Inspiration to Order catalogue, pub CSUS. October 2006

Art and Humanities Research Council Annual Report 2004-5 (ill) October 2005

Chris Thompson, The Portland Pheonix, Oct 7-13, Maine USA October 2005

Rebekka Kill, The Art Book
(Journal of the Association of Art Historians) 12:2, p33-34, May 2005

Hepzibah Anderson, The London Evening Standard January 2005

Sue Hubbard, Rebecca Fortnum @ The Drawing Gallery, The Independent (ill) January 2005

Kirsty Ogg, Solipsist catalogue, published Angel Row Gallery September 2000

Cathy Courteney, Reading Matter, Art Monthly June 1999

Rhizome catalogue (ill) published by Galerie Kolo, Gdansk, Poland April 1999

Reading Matter, book of collaborative work, essays, stories & CDRom April 1999

Nigel Whiteley, 5 Artists’ Valuation of the Visual Cultural Values Journal (ill) January 1999

Diane Hill, Value and values in recent feminist art, in Interpreting Visual Culture, Routledge, 1999

Anna Green, Eastern Daily Press January 1999

Simon Morley, Inter Views catalogue, Studio Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (ill) November 1998

Simon Morley, Contemporary Visual Art Magazine July/August 1998

Sue Hubbard, Time Out3-10th Jan 1997

Fabbio Briugulio, essay, Mostra catalogue, British School in Rome (ill) June 1997

Karin Wilkin, Triangle Workshop Marseilles catalogue (ill) October 1996

Libby Anson, Outed Secrets, MAKE magazine (ill) August/Sept1996

Sue Hubbard, Time Out (ill) 10 -17th July 1996

Greg Hilty, Catalogue essay, Third Person, published N.S.A.D. press. July 1996

R Betterton, An Intimate Distance:Women, Artists and the Body Routledge (ill) March 1996

Sacha Craddock, Introductory essay, Weather view catalogue (ill) February 1996

Rosemary Betterton, Women’s Art Magazine (ill) Sept/Oct 1995

David Lillington, Time Out, 22-29th Nov 1994

Charles Hall, Arts Review September 1994

Sarah Kent, Time Out 7th-13th Sept 1994

Adrian Searle, The Independent 30th August 1994

Geraldine Norman, The Independent 13th June 1994

Rosemary Betterton, Women's Art Magazine (ill) January/Feb1994


2018     NAFAE Steering group

2016     Vice Chair, Paradox European Fine Art Forum

2014-2015  Advisory panel, AHRC project Dark Matters, Lancaster University

2012    Member of Paradox (European Fine Art Forum) steering committee

2004-5    Selection Panel, Spike Island Artists’ Studios, Bristol

1994-8    Gasworks Gallery, Founder & Chair of Gallery, artist-led space.

1997     Member of Executive Committee, Women’s Art Library.

1991-4    Cubitt Street Studios and Gallery, Founder & Gallery Co-Director


2017 Paper: Baggage Reclaim; some thoughts on feminism and painting, Journal

of Contemporary Painting 3.1/2

2014 Journal of Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

special edition: Challenging Fine Art Pedagogies (editor)

2013 Book: On Not Knowing: how artists think pub Black Dog (editor& author)

2013 Book: Behind the Eyes: Making Pictures pub RGAP (essay)

2013 Book: Self Contained, published by RGAP (monograph)

2013 Drawing in and outside writing (cahier) published by Uitgeverij Acco, Belgium

2012 Drawing – In and outside – Writing, published by RGAP

2010 Paper: Fine Art’s ‘Educational Turn’, (with Katrine Hjelde) published by GLAD in Dialogues in Art & Design, 2009

2009 Editor, Paula Kane Studio Wall, eyeseefar & Research Group for Artists


2008 Commentary for book: 'Unspoken Interactions : Exploring the Role of

Emotions and Social Interactions in Art and Design Education'  ed by Noam

Austerlitz, pub UAL

2007 Co-Editor special edition of Journal of Visual Art Practice, on Documenting

Artists’ Processes Vol 6 No 3

2007 4 x 10 min interviews with women artists Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4

2006 Book: Contemporary British Women Artists; in their own words, pub by IB Tauris & Macmillan (New York & London)

2004 Chapter for book: Unframed; the politics and practices of contemporary

women’s painting edited Rosemary Betterton pub by IB Tauris.